(HINTON, IA) - A handful of farmers juggle two full–time jobs. Jason Schoenrock is one of those farmers.
He and his brother raise cattle and grow corn and soybeans on the family farm in Hinton, Iowa. Jason started growing those crops when he was just a junior in high school.
His dad died suddenly a few years later. Jason explained how since then, he's been able to carry his father's role.
"Yeah, very close with my dad," said Schoenrock.
On November 4, 1995, Jason's father was killed in a farm equipment accident. He was 51–years–old. Jason's brother, Justin, was just 10 days away from his 16th birthday.
"We still had crop in the field when that all happened. All the neighbors got together and come all out and helped us combine our corn we had left," Schoenrock explained.
With his dad gone, and both Jason and Justin working full–time jobs off the farm, they had to get rid of their hogs. Then, his mom bought cattle to use up extra silage they had. That's when the Schoenrock brothers took over the family farm.
"We both still had jobs in town, but the crop farming and raising these cows we could do and have extra time to do them and take care of them, I guess," said Schoenrock.
Some of their cattle are 4–H cows, holding a special place in Jason's heart.
"My brother says we ought to get rid of them because they're a lot of work, but I kind of enjoy them. So I'm going to keep them around here for a while," Schoenrock said. "Oh yeah, they're real friendly. They're sort of like pets around here."
Sure farming's in that family tradition, but his tractors are another part of his family.
"My dad bought one of these tractors back when they probably were only about three or four years old he had one of these. So that's why I wanted to fix one up like it," Schoenrock said as he pointed to one of his tractors.
Jason said getting through the tough times farming and working his other job 45 hours a week wouldn't be possible without the community that surrounds his family.
"That's one thing about living in rural hometown Hinton, Iowa. Everybody kind of bands together and comes together to help each other. So that's the best part I like about living here Norwest Iowa," said Schoenrock.
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